Lana Del Rey : Singing of dashed dreams , broken hearts & her dark paradise

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Changing from Lizzy Grant to Lana Del Rey , she reinvented herself and it has really worked. Since her breakthrough in 2011 she has been roughed up by critics who doubt her authenticity. Actually she has caused quite a stir with her sudden success. However , it does not seem likely that she will be leaving  the music scene any time soon.

When “ Video Games “ first appeared on the internet , it was  praised for its hypnotic , authentic feel and the follow up “ Blue Jeans ” made her seem ready for the big time. The release of her second album “ Born to Die ” in January 2012 , confirmed her as one of the most compelling new pop stars around , although it received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Whatever the truth behind her phenomenal  success , there is little doubt about her talent and her commitment to her art.

Her sound can be described as chilling , seductive , tragic and somewhat addictive. Her songs eerily dreamlike , in combination with smooth melodies and half-gritty , half-angelic or darkly vocals , have won her millions of fans worldwide. Lana Del Rey could have easily walked straight out of a movie scene of a mid 20th century film and is according to many the embodiment of a lost beauty. Maybe that is what makes her appearance so special. Her vintage image is simply irresistible and so alluring.

Amongst her musical influences , Del Rey cites several contemporary artists such as Elvis Presley, Antony and the Johnsons, Frank Sinatra, and Eminem . “ I really  just like the masters of every genre”  she told BBC radio presenter  Jo Whiley. Her favorite artists include Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen.

For her fans she is a legend in the making , although she has been subjected to constant and  intense scrutiny as regards her back story , her real talent and her shallow live performances at times. Nevertheless it cannot be denied that she has been given the rare chance to restore our faith in the mainstream music industry. It remains to be seen where she goes from here and whether she is able to live up to our expectations.

The singer seems to have revealed that her new album “Ultraviolence” will be released in May. She told her fans during a recent meeting that the record will be released on May 1st , although she did emphasise that the date was not officially confirmed.

 

Studio albums

Official Web Site : http://www.lanadelrey.com/

Young and Beautiful  (video) from the film ” The Great Gatsby “: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1aF54DO60

Summertime Sadness  : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APjvDTytP18

“ Born To Die ” on Spotify : https://play.spotify.com/album/4F5dVhgk569Du5cLfal3t5 

 

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